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Open Studio: Artist-Designed Classroom Activities
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Open Studio: Artist-Designed Classroom Activities

Open Studio aims to make contemporary art accessible to high school teachers and students around the world. Initiated by artist Mark Bradford at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the project presents activities authored by Bradford, John Baldessari, Janet Cardiff, Alejandro Cartagena, Kota Ezawa, Amy Franceschini, Robert Gober, Andrew Kudless, Yvonne Venegas, and other leading artists.


ArtThink offers theme-based activities in visual arts, language arts, history, and social studies that provide students with an accessible look at the art of our time. Use the Art Basics to introduce the fundamentals of art to your students; hone student observation skills with Detail Detective; and integrate art, history, and cultural studies into your core classroom curriculum with standards-aligned activities spanning grades four through college.

Making Sense of Modern Art

Making Sense of Modern Art provides an engaging guide to modern and contemporary art in SFMOMA's collection. Highlights include a comparisons timeline, images of artworks, documentary photographs, and video clips of artists, curators, and critics.

Voices and Images of California Art

Voices and Images of California Art offers in-depth portraits of 11 of California's most celebrated artists, including Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Sargent Johnson, and Dorothea Lange. A rich mix of video and audio clips, plus reproductions of artworks, photographs, letters, and primary source documents, reveals the arts as an integral part of our culture.

Explore Modern Art

Explore Modern Art is an interactive space that integrates SFMOMA's multimedia interpretive programs and collections information. It is designed to encourage greater engagement with modern and contemporary art and with SFMOMA.

The Country Dog Gentlemen Travel to Extraordinary Worlds

Learn and create as you explore SFMOMA's interactive feature The Country Dog Gentlemen Travel to Extraordinary Worlds, accessible online for use in the classroom or at home. Through adventures led by canine characters, students can learn about famous artworks in SFMOMA's collection, make a masterpiece, and get inspired! These activities were developed for students in grades 2 through 6, but may be enjoyed by all ages.

Additional Resources

We offer a variety of resource materials for loan to Bay Area teachers, in order to promote discussion and exploration of the visual arts and the ways in which they shape our culture today. All materials on our Teacher Resource Materials List are available for local teachers to borrow. Teacher Resource Kits and videos can be borrowed for three weeks. For more information, see the Teacher Resource Library Loan Request Form, or contact the Teacher Programs and Resources Office at 415.247.6710 or teachers@sfmoma.org.